After lightweight champ Frankie Edgar (Pictured) posted a comeback KO victory over a much larger Gray Maynard at UFC 136, many in the media dubbed him the modern day Rocky Balboa. A “reporter” at the post-fight press conference even played the Rocky theme song on his cell phone prior to asking Edgar a question (true story).
It was the second consecutive time Edgar was forced to rally against the massive Maynard after getting rocked badly in the opening round. Although “The Answer” was able to showcase his unbreakable will in both outings, being known as the guy who can take and licking and keep on ticking is not how he wants to be remembered.
“Yeah, of course,” Edgar stated at Thursday’s press conference of dropping the Rocky Balboa moniker. “Taking beatings like that, that victory part isn’t always so great. But if I gotta do that to win, so be it.
“Being known for having a good chin is two-fold, it’s not the best thing because it means you get hit a lot.”
Edgar will look to bob and weave his way through of Benson Henderson’s assault this weekend at UFC 144. The shootout marks the first time since Edgar captured the 155-pound crown in April 2010 that he gets to face someone not named BJ Penn or Gray Maynard.
After being forced to grant immediate rematches to his prior foes in order to cement his top dog status, Edgar is thrilled to be able to finally test his skills against some fresh meat.
“Yeah, you’re training for [the same] two guys for that period of time, it gets a little redundant,” Edgar expressed. “So, training for a new opponent in Benson allows me to work different things, work different techniques and improve, too.”
UFC 144 takes place inside Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. The lightweight title affair headlines the pay-per-view broadcast.